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MIF #: 59766.AA1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 59766
Ministry Name Presbyterian Church of Palatine
Mailing Address 800 E Palatine Road
Palatine, IL 60074
Phone 847-358-4650
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 10%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
White 88%
Average Worship Attendance 60
Church School Attendance 12
Curriculum See Seasonal Structure
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Who are we, and what are we called to do?

We are found by grace
again and again, 
for the Spirit is always calling,
breathing life, creating community,
bringing together all kinds of people.

We are fed by grace
at Christ's table,
where no reservations are necessary.
There is room at the table for all
to know abundant bread of life and word of hope,
a place to hear and be heard,
to be fed and to feed,
as we pray, sing, learn, and serve

So we follow by grace
seeking to be living examples
of Christ's welcome,
offering food and shelter, 
nurture and comfort,
challenge and opportunity,
serving God by serving our neighbors
until all sit together at table in God's kingdom.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
We are continually found by grace as we open ourselves up to the Spirit. We are learning to recognize and use our individual & collective spiritual gifts to work together in community. Our seasonal team structure has been successful in encouraging this and bringing together all kinds of people. Sharing our personal stories with each other has deepened our understanding and acceptance of the many ways grace finds us.
We are fed through sharing holy communion, and all are welcome at the table. As a congregation, we are growing through our worship services and the music we experience together. Prayer is always an integral part of our worship and a main focus of our Deacons & Alpha Ministry, a small group that meets regularly to pray for the needs of our congregation & the world. Bible study and other educational offerings also provide for the nurturing of our minds and souls.
We seek to be living examples of Christ’s grace by serving our neighbors.  We are faithfully dedicated to our local homeless shelter program, and for many years have cultivated a garden on our church grounds to donate the vegetables to our local food pantry.  We participate in a program with the neighboring school providing the nurturing friendship & mentoring that the kids so desperately need. PW are true disciples in all they do. The stewardship of our resources also benefits many non-local missions including, Feed My Starving Children, A Better Life for Kids & One Great Hour of Sharing.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
At this time in our country, PCoP’s statement of purpose is more relevant than ever.  We don’t agree on all issues but it’s important to listen and communicate with each other. Compassion and understanding go further than anger and violence. Prayer is essential.
Within PCoP we strive to:
  • Encourage more members to join a Season Team by sharing experiences
  • Extend ourselves to visitors, making them feel welcomed to participate in our ministry
  • Minister to our aging members by coordinating a visitation program, providing rides, & shopping assistance
  • Reach out to members not attending regularly, listening and encouraging them to return
Through many activities like Kid’s Hope, seasonal support for the homeless (shelter, meals, warming center), a garden ministry, rummage sales, cookie walks, Theology on the Patio at a local restaurant, support for the food pantry, and sponsoring a Boy Scout troop, our members are visible to the community.
We also host many organizations such as AA, theater groups, The New Elim Church, and a Hungarian school and Boy Scout troop to use our facilities.
More can be done including:
  • Finding ways to publicize events & activities and encourage the community to attend
  • Organizing a “Concert on the Corner”
  • Participating in community events (4th of July Parade or Street Fest)
  • Reaching out to young families
  • Organizing more outreach for homeless families
By being a presence in the community, we live out our statement of purpose.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Our church is grounded by our statement of purpose. The world around us and our community are constantly changing.  We find the issues of the world are right here with us.  At times, we struggle to understand.  We turn to our faith which is strengthened by our community and the guidance of the pastor.
When we are found by grace, anything is possible.  We find our community changing bringing new, fresh, and diverse people into our midst.  We are renewed by the Spirit and are amazed by what we see happening in our community.  Our pastor will be led by the Holy Spirit and together we can go out into the community and, serve our neighbors to create something new and wonderful.
Each time we partake in the sacraments, we are fed by God’s everlasting grace.  The table from which we are fed is our nourishment in all aspects – food, thought, word, and deed.  By sharing the elements, the teaching elder also reminds us of these things and charges us to continue to share what we have been given with others.  As we are fed by our teaching elder, we are vitalized to go out and share God’s grace.
Every day of the week should find us following by grace, not only immediately following worship.  The grace that we have been given is to be shared with everyone we meet.  Our actions should reflect this grace every day of our lives.  The pastor will be an example of following by grace by showing us how to live grace filled lives. 
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
It is a priority for the congregation of PCoP that the following skills/characteristics be strengths of the person called to be our next pastor:
  • Relevant and thoughtful preaching leads to meaningful worship which is essential at PCoP.  As such, we are looking for a pastor who has spiritual maturity and is an engaging teacher.
  • With an aging congregation, compassionate pastoral care is something our next pastor will need to be gifted in and be prepared to offer.
  • PCoP’s unique seasonal structure requires a pastor that is creative and open to the ideas of others because “everything” can change every 6-8 weeks (worship themes, mission projects, fellowship activities, Christian Ed, community outreach).  The pastor also needs to be flexible as we work to serve the community with our small but dedicated congregation.
  • Because of the Seasonal Structure at PCoP and that the pastor will also lead the Session and PCoP’s staff, we are looking for someone who can collaborate and advise on the strategic vision of church.
  • We seek a pastor who cultivates an environment of open communication and will directly engage those in conflict before their situation has an opportunity to escalate.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Please refer to Pastor Job Description and the PCoP Goals & Objectives documents for more information.  The Pastor is tasked with leading the spiritual journey of the congregation as we seek to deepen our relationship with God both individually and collectively.  To achieve this, the Pastor will engage in the following:
  • Serve as the preacher to the congregation through sermons that are focused and well delivered.
  • Work with a variety of internal groups (e.g. Season Teams) in the development of biblically based Reformed themes and programs that are used in both worship and non-worship activities. 
  • Be responsible for the pastoral care of the community in partnership with the Elders and Deacons.  Offer counseling as needed. 
  • Perform various rites such as baptisms, weddings, & funerals.
  • Lead the discussion and influence the direction of Christian education offerings.
  • Anticipate and make use of conflict to initiate dialog and potential growth.
  • Serve as moderator of the Session and administrator for some of the church’s business activities.  Attend various meetings of key groups (usually in evenings).
  • Be responsible for the content of communication tools across a variety of mediums.Support, oversee, & evaluate church staff.  Hold regular meetings with staff.
  • Work to increase the church’s profile in the community by serving as a representative of the church in the community, especially groups whose mission supports PCoP’s mission
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Strategy and Vision
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $50,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev Teri Peterson
Musselburgh, Scotland
Former Pastor
Rev Judy Watt
Chicago IL
Former Pastor
Rev Jan Edmiston
Chicago IL
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   8/8/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Sue Krummel Address  815 W. VAN BUREN #500, CHICAGO IL 60607
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (312) 488-3015
Fax  (312) 488-3044 Email
COM:   Barbara Gorsky Address  194 Grace Avenue, Elmhurst IL 60126
Daytime Phone  (630) 660-5522 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Kelly Gordon Address  1270 N Sterling Ave, 115, Palatine IL 60067
Daytime Phone  847-848-3467 Office Phone  847-305-4007
Fax  Email